A 22-year-old roadside mechanic identified as Daniel Konzen has been sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a mobile phone.
The mechanic was convicted by an Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos on Thursday, of stealing a Tecno Pouvoir III phone worth N45,000.
The Judge, Lawal Suleiman, found Konzen guilty of a three-count charge of conspiracy, causing hurt and theft, proffered against him. The Judge, however, gave him an option to pay a fine of N25,000.
The convict pleaded guilty to the offence.
He also ordered the convict to pay N26,000 as compensation to the nominal complainant.
The Judge in his ruling, noted that the punishment is expected to serve as a deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such criminal acts.
The prosecution counsel, Monday Dabit, had earlier told the court that the case was reported at the Anglo-Jos Police station on Jan., 14 by one Abubakar Abdullahi a member of a neighbourhood watch of Anglo-Jos.
Dabit narrated that the convict connived with one Jassin Dikko, a resident of Anglo-Jos, now at large and attacked one Ding Jamy and stole his Tecno Pouvoir III worth N45,000.
He added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 59, 220 and 272 of Plateau State Penal Code Law.